Vince Lombardi, the man behind the trophy - FOX 35 News Orlando

Vince Lombardi, the man behind the trophy

Posted: Updated:
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

The Vince Lombardi Trophy is the most coveted prize in all of football. But the legendary coach it's named for, whose Green Bay Packers team won the first two super bowls ever played, probably would blush at the honor.

"He'd be embarrassed," said Frank McLaughlin of Fordham Athletics. "He was not interested in accolades, interested in performance and doing well."

But 43 years after his death, the accolades keep rolling along -- literally. Right now, the Lombardi trophy and a tribute to the man it's named for can be found inside the host committee's huddle shuttle currently cruising around our area.

At Fordham University where he played and coached, it's like he never left.

McLaughlin said Lombardi wouldn't describe himself as a coach, but rather as an educator or teacher. Lombardi's favorite subject was "what it takes to be number one" -- something he was himself as a Fordham player in 1937 as a part of "The Seven Blocks of Granite," considered by many to be one of the greatest offensive lines in college football history.

Later as a coach he taught another important lesson: "leave no regrets on the field." And while Lombardi had few himself -- never having had a losing season in the NFL -- it was one imperfection, while back at Fordham, that haunted this perfectionist forever: he said the worst defeat he ever had as pro or college was at Yankee Stadium when Fordham lost to NYU 7-6 in front of 80,000 people.

If you want to get just a little bit closer to the Lombardi legend the Super Bowl hosts Huddle Shuttle will be in towns in our area.

SUPER BOWL COVERAGE
  • Bronx NewsBronx NewsMore>>

  • Faithful flock to Bronx church for its grotto water

    Faithful flock to Bronx church for its grotto water

    Friday, April 18 2014 5:43 PM EDT2014-04-18 21:43:31 GMT
    While a thousand people streamed into a courtyard at St. Lucy Parish in the Bronx to watch a reenactment of the crucifixion of Christ, next door a steady trickle of believers quietly collected water from that church's grotto, taking the liquid home to heal, cure, and bless.
    While a thousand people streamed into a courtyard at St. Lucy Parish in the Bronx to watch a reenactment of the crucifixion of Christ, next door a steady trickle of believers quietly collected water from that church's grotto, taking the liquid home to heal, cure, and bless.
  • Christians around world mark Good Friday

    Christians around world mark Good Friday

    Friday, April 18 2014 1:34 PM EDT2014-04-18 17:34:50 GMT
    From the Holy Land to the streets of New York City, Christians have commemorated the crucifixion of Jesus Christ in Good Friday prayers and processions. Thousands of Christian pilgrims filled the cobblestone alleyways of the Old City on Friday along the Via Dolorosa, Latin for the "Way of Suffering." In NYC, Timothy Cardinal Dolan and Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio lead followers across the Brooklyn Bridge.
    From the Holy Land to the streets of New York City, Christians have commemorated the crucifixion of Jesus Christ in Good Friday prayers and processions. Thousands of Christian pilgrims filled the cobblestone alleyways of the Old City on Friday along the Via Dolorosa, Latin for the "Way of Suffering." In NYC, Timothy Cardinal Dolan and Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio lead followers across the Brooklyn Bridge.
  • NYC to overhaul Superstorm Sandy rebuilding program

    NYC to overhaul Superstorm Sandy rebuilding program

    Thursday, April 17 2014 9:30 PM EDT2014-04-18 01:30:41 GMT
    Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled a sweeping report Thursday that examined New York City's recovery progress from Superstorm Sandy and promised to reform a much-maligned program that was supposed to rebuild wrecked homes. Speaking to about 50 homeowners, officials and community leaders in a storm-battered Staten Island neighborhood, the mayor said the city is aiming to start rebuilding an ambitious 500 homes through its federally funded Build-It-Back program.
    Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled a sweeping report Thursday that examined New York City's recovery progress from Superstorm Sandy and promised to reform a much-maligned program that was supposed to rebuild wrecked homes. Speaking to about 50 homeowners, officials and community leaders in a storm-battered Staten Island neighborhood, the mayor said the city is aiming to start rebuilding an ambitious 500 homes through its federally funded Build-It-Back program.
Powered by WorldNow

35 Skyline Drive
Lake Mary, FL 32746

Phone: (407) 644-3535
News Tips: (866) 55-FOX35

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices